Criticism, eye-rolls follow announcement that Mel Gibson will direct 'Wild Bunch' remake: 'Hard pass'

Mel Gibson wants his career back, and some industry power are players willing to help him out -- but outside of Hollywood, few are eagerly awaiting a return.

Warner Bros. has signed off on Gibson to co-write, direct and executive produce a remake of "Wild Bunch," the violent Western flick originally released in 1969. The Hollywood Reportertweeted the news -- and reactions weren't exactly warm.

"Ugh, go away," one user griped, while another added, "Gross. No thanks."

"Wow," a third mused. "What could possibly go right?"

While there were a select few positive responses, the overwhelming majority of the reactions ranged from distaste to outright disgust. A few also said that while they were indifferent on Gibson, they have no interest in a "Wild Bunch" remake.

Gibson was largely blacklisted from the entertainment industry after a string of incidents, most infamously a 2006 DUI arrest that culminated in him blaming Jews for all of the world's problems. He was also accused of domestic violence by one of his ex-wives, and a taped phone call released in 2010 heard him berating her about being "raped by a pack of n-----s."

In recent years he's edged his way back into the spotlight and received a Best Director Oscar nomination in 2017 for "Hacksaw Ridge."

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HANDOUT PHOTO - Booking photo of Mel Gibson taken July 28, 2006 in Los Angeles, California. On August 3, 2006, Gibson was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, having an elevated blood-alcohol level and an open container of liquor in his car when he was pulled over in Malibu last week. Gibson was arrested July 28, 2006 for drunk driving after he was caught speeding and, according to authorities, had a blood alcohol reading of 0.12 percent. (HANDOUT PHOTO taken by Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department) (Photo by WireImage House/WireImage)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Mel Gibson leaves his progress report hearing at the Malibu courthouse concerning his no-contest plea to misdemeanor drunken driving February 13, 2008 in Malibu, California. Gibson is still on probation for 18 more months. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
MALIBU, CA - FEBRUARY 13: Actor Mel Gibson leaves his progress report hearing at the Malibu courthouse concerning his no-contest plea to misdemeanor drunken driving February 13, 2008 in Malibu, California. Gibson is still on probation for 18 more months. (Photo by Valerie Macon/Getty Images)
EL SEGUNDO, CA - MARCH 16: In this handout photo provided by the El Segundo Police Department, Mel Gibson is pictured in a booking photo at the El Segundo Police Department on March 16, 2011 in El Segundo, California. Gibson entered a plea of no contest March 11 to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation. (Photo by El Segundo Police Department via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - MARCH 11: Actor Mel Gibson appears at the Los Angeles Courthouse Airport branch on March 11, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson entered a plea of no contest to a charge of misdemeanor battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva and was placed on probation. (Photo by Mark Boster-Pool/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson reacts during a hearing in a Los Angeles Superior Court to finalize financial issues in a long-running custody battle with former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson will pay Grigorieva, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter, USD 750,000 under a settlement reached concerning the former couple's financial issues. The settlement also stipulates that Gibson and Grigorieva's daughter, Lucia, must receive the same financial benefits as Gibson's other children and a trust must be established for her. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson attends a hearing in a Los Angeles County Courthouse to finalize financial issues between him and his former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - AUGUST 31: Actor Mel Gibson attends a hearing in a Los Angeles Superior Court to finalize financial issues in a long-running custody battle between Mel Gibson and former girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva on August 31, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. Gibson will pay Grigorieva, the mother of his 22-month-old daughter, USD 750,000 under a settlement reached concerning the former couple's financial issues. The settlement also stipulates that Gibson and Grigorieva's daughter, Lucia, must receive the same financial benefits as Gibson's other children and a trust must be established for her. (Photo by Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images)
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